Men sentenced in rape of two girls Victims, 11 and 13, were runaways who fled to defendant's home

October 21, 1997|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Ronald A. Silkworth sentenced two men yesterday for raping two runaway girls in the Pasadena home of one of the men.

The two men and a third had pleaded guilty to second-degree, or statutory, rape for having sex with the girls, ages 11 and 13, in the spring.

Silkworth sentenced John W. Persinger II, 20, of the 7700 block of Fox Court in Pasadena to four years, then suspended all but one year, which may be served under home detention. Persinger, who had no prior criminal record, also will have to perform 40 hours of community service and will be on two years' probation.

William J. Young, 19, of the 1200 block of Wilson Road in Glen Burnie, was sentenced to 12 years in prison with all but 18 months suspended and five years' probation. He was also ordered to get treatment for alcohol abuse.

Young has five earlier convictions for misdemeanors.

Under terms of the plea agreements, prosecutors will make no sentencing recommendations, Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia Ferris said.

The maximum sentence on the second-degree rape charge is 20 years.

About three weeks ago, the third man, Justin A. Wagner, 21, of the 1100 block of Wilson Road in Glen Burnie was sentenced to 12 years with all but 18 months suspended.

All three pleaded guilty in August, Persinger and Young to one count each and Wagner to two counts.

Ferris said the 13-year-old girl ran away from home because she had been suspended from school and that an 11-year-old friend agreed to go with her.

On April 15, they ran to Persinger's house, where they hid in his bedroom without the knowledge of Persinger's parents.

The next day, Ferris said, Young and Wagner came over.

The girls initially said they were raped, and charges of first-degree rape were filed.

Further investigation indicated that the sex was consensual.

Pub Date: 10/21/97

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